Lassea master given two-year suspended sentence

The master of tanker Lassea has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence for his involvement in smuggling fuel during the salvage operation of Agia Zoni II, which sank off Piraeus on September 10th with about 2,500 tonnes of petroleum. The Lassea was contracted to take on fuel oil pumped up from Agia Zoni II. Prosecutors said that marine officials found significant quantities of an undocumented petroleum mixture in Lassea’s ballast tanks when she arrived at a refinery to deliver the oil recovered from the Zoni. Her government certificates of seaworthiness had also expired.

In their defence, the captain and chief engineer claimed that the oil mixture had leaked into their ballast tanks during the salvage operations. The engineer was found not guilty.